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CAROLINA SHORES — If the remarks of three residents ring true, most people in the Carolina Shores Property Owners Association community do not want to revert from the town recycling center to residential garbage pickup.
Resident Marlene Stewart, speaking at the town board of commissioners’ monthly workshop Monday, April 7, said during public comment she has garnered opinions as a newly elected member of the Carolina Shores POA board.
“One of my goals was to listen to the people,” Stewart said. “Believe me, you all opened a can of worms. We do not want door-to-door garbage pickup in our community.”
But Stewart said a town commissioner recently told her the change being considered by the town board was a done deal.
Town commissioner John Manning responded, “You’re wrong about that.”
Stewart said she was also told “petitions aren’t going to do you any good.”
She added, “If you recall several years ago, petitions did a great deal of good” when the town considered changing its form of government.
“Petitions are our forte,” Stewart said. “We know how to do it. Our community is very much opposed to picking up the trash in our community by trucks. We are a community of neighbors helping neighbors. When somebody can’t get trash to the recycle center, we help each other. We have always done that. We don’t want big trucks (and) trashcans sitting out.
“There’s just a whole thing of reasons why we don’t want it. We do not like this, and we will fight it.”
Former town commissioner Joyce Dunn said she wanted to reiterate what Stewart just said.
“I want to let you guys know you have ruined my social life,” Dunn said. “I can’t go out of the house, play cards or walk without being accosted by people in our community who are so concerned that we might begin curbside pickup. We love our recycling center. It allows everybody to take (garbage) when they need to take it. We do not want that to go away.”
Separate from the Carolina Shores POA community, resident Donna Lowry cited trash pickup that is conducted in her own community, Beacon Townes.
“I don’t like it,” Lowry said. “I go to the recycling center all the time.”
She said the wind blows over residential garbage cans, and dogs get into them, too.
New administrator’s first workshop
Carolina Shores Mayor Walter Goodenough introduced new town administrator Jon Mendenhall, who came on board April 1 and attended his first town-board monthly workshop this past Monday, April 7.
“He will be with us, he said 10 years at least,” Goodenough said.
Interim administrator update
Interim town administrator/town finance director Julie Munday said she has received three Requests For Proposal for a new attorney from Eldridge Law Firm, Craige & Fox, and Mac Tyson.
Munday recommended Eldridge of Wilmington, which she said has been involved with municipal government for more than 14 years.
She asked commissioners to stop by her office to review the RFPs “so y’all can make a decision. Or if you want me or (Mendenhall) to make a decision…”
Manning said, “I would think you and the administrator could do it. You have already made your thoughts. If he agrees with you, then I see no problem with that.”
Fellow commissioner John Russo wondered if there were any conflicts with other entities the firm represents.
Manning said, “Not around here.”
Munday said Eldridge represents the northern Brunswick County town of Belville.
Goodenough said the plan is to have legal representation on an as-needed basis, which costs $150 per hour and “fits right into our budget.”
Munday’s report states the contractor for town storm-debris pickup finished work March 22 at a final cost of $155,987.27.
On March 24, Charles Edwards with the North Carolina Department of Public Safety came from Raleigh to do an assessment and go over paperwork. The town’s request for reimbursement is being considered.
Munday said some towns were hit much harder, with some damages like those in High Point costing millions of dollars.
“They’re basically taking care of those first,” she said, telling town commissioner Greg Davis the process could take two years.
Manning said the cost to the town was less than he anticipated.
Items were approved for the board consent agenda for its monthly meeting at 2 p.m. this Thursday, April 10, including:
• A proclamation for Congressman Mike McIntyre in time for the 7th District luncheon on April 24.
• Dissolution of a town search committee and subcommittee of the communication and HOA/POA advisory committees.
Also on Thursday, a recommendation from the HOA/POA advisory committee regarding its Neighbors Helping Neighbors efforts will be discussed in greater detail.
Fourth of July celebration
Goodenough said he has been approached by Calabash Mayor Mary Knight about his town’s participation once again in a Fourth of July celebration.
He said he will know more after the Calabash meeting Tuesday night, April 8, when the neighboring town board will discuss details about having a revived event this year.
Carolina Shores commissioners indicated they are in favor of teaming up with Calabash again, as the two towns did in 2012.
If it’s a go, Goodenough asked commissioners to consider donating $7,000 for the cost of fireworks this year instead of the previous $5,000 two years ago because prices have gone up.
Laura Lewis is a staff writer for the Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or firstname.lastname@example.org.